Retained Fire Fighter Positions - Closing Date 6th May 2020

Limerick City and County Council is responsible for the provision of a wide range of services including the provision of a fire-fighting and fire prevention service.  The Council is now establishing panels for the position of Retained Fire-Fighter for its brigades based at Abbeyfeale, Cappamore, Foynes, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. 

The common image of the Fire & Rescue Service is naturally one of fire-fighters turning out in fire appliances and fighting fires.  While some of the work involves attendance at fires, the role of the Fire & Rescue Service is much wider and the needs of the community much more varied.

Limerick Fire & Rescue Service responds to all emergency calls from the public for assistance, primarily to protect life and save injury to individuals, but also to prevent and restrict damage to property.  Many emergency calls, however, are not to fires, but to incidents where members of the community are trapped in vehicles following road traffic accidents, trapped in machinery, or trapped in less life threatening circumstances, as well as being called to chemical spillages and toxic emissions, river rescues, etc.

To deliver this service to the public, Limerick Fire & Rescue Service has to develop operational plans, including the provision of adequate water supplies for fire fighting; ensure that effective arrangements exist to receive emergency ‘999’ calls and mobilise resources; implement effective operational communication systems throughout the Fire & Rescue Service; enforce, promote and encourage fire safety throughout Limerick by programmes of inspection and publicity; conduct effective training to develop the skills and abilities of personnel; and provide, maintain and repair its premises, vehicles, plant and equipment.

Applicants who may be considered for membership are confined to those who reside in the area of the fire brigade and whose ordinary employment does not take them away from the area of the fire brigade

The Retained Fire Service is an emergency service and requires an immediate turnout – therefore:

  • maximum acceptable distance from home and place of employment will be 2  road miles of the Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Newcastle West & Rathkeale Fire Stations.
  • maximum acceptable distance from home and place of employment will be 2.5  road miles of the Cappamore Fire Station.
  • On this occasion only, having regard to the geography/topography of the Foynes area, the Council will consider a maximum distance of 3 road miles from an applicant's home and place of employment to Foynes Fire Station.


Please see Briefing Document for details.
Annual Leave
28 days per annum
Hours of Work
Please see Briefing Document for details.
Application Process

Completed application forms must be e-mailed to no later than Wednesday 6th May 2020 

Please send your application from an email address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that email address.